Cleveland City Stars News Release - www.clevelandcitystars.com
Thursday, April 10, 2008
CLEVELAND, OH -- The City Stars took an untraditional approach in their latest acquisition. After repeatedly being contacted by friends of Sallieu Bundu, the Stars front office finally gave in and offered the native of Sierra Leone a tryout. What started out as a courtesy audition turned into an unbelievable display from the target striker as he amazed the CCS brass with an array of offensive moves.
The 24 year-old also impressed with his story of triumph in making it to America in order to pursue his dream of becoming a professional soccer player. As a young boy, Bundu and his mother escaped war ravaged Sierra Leone on foot. Mother and son walked for ten days until they crossed over into Guinea. The two spent five years as refugees until Bundu's brother was able to bring them to America.
After coming so far, Bundu looks to continue his journey with the City Stars.
"It feels good to be in Cleveland, the people have been great to me," said Bundu. "It is my dream to one day play in Europe and I look at this as a great opportunity to take my game to the next level. Last year the City Stars made it to the semi-finals, so this year I want to help get to the finals. I want to bring a championship to Cleveland."
City Stars Head Coach Martin Rennie was equally optimistic. "We weren't expecting much going in but he turned out to be really good," he said. "Sallieu is strong, works well with his back to the goal, and he's a good finisher. I know he's young and he still has some work to do, but he has the potential to really help our front line."
Hip Hop recording artists Play Havoc have partnered with CCS to release the 2008 Cleveland City Stars Anthem. The Cleveland natives looked to capture the CCS spirit in the new anthem while also giving the fans a fun song to sing along to.
Click the link to hear the CCS Anthem [+]
Play Havoc has a style that blends classic hip hop with up-to-date subject matter. The group consists of (left to right) rapper HiJinks, rapper/producer Ill Advice, and DJ Sleepyhead. Together they touch base on a broad range of topics while using serious and well-crafted lyrics, but never forgetting to have fun on the microphone. Play Havoc has shared the stage with hip hop greats all across the U.S. but has maintained a strong presence in the local community.
This latest project was another opportunity for them to reach out to their fans while also supporting the Cleveland City Stars in its effort to serve the city.
Hear more from the trio at the Play Havoc website [+]
The Anthem, along with all of the other fan songs, can also be heard from the CCS Fanzone webpage.